Over 1,500 people attend MacDonald COVID-19 unemployment tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Michael D. MacDonald hosted a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday evening with over 1,500 Macomb residents on COVID-19 economic and unemployment issues.

Joining MacDonald for the event were Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and Todd Cook from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

“The coronavirus has had an enormous impact on people’s health and lives, and their jobs and livelihoods,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “This tele-town hall was an outstanding opportunity to answer questions from Macomb families about the governor’s executive orders and available assistance for struggling small businesses and unemployed workers during this public health emergency.

“I want to thank the hundreds of people who participated and thank Brian and Todd for taking time away from their families to help answer many important and detailed questions.”

Residents asked several questions during the event, including questions about unemployment benefits, Small Business Administration loans, the new requirement to wear masks in enclosed public spaces, transparency in the governor’s decision-making process and why the governor is not trusting the people.

“The COVID-19 situation in Michigan seems to be improving, and hopefully more businesses will be able to reopen and more workers will be able to return to their jobs,” MacDonald said. “I encourage families to continue to stay safe and call the COVID-19 hotline or contact my office if they have any questions.”

Residents can call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. More information on the virus is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

People may contact MacDonald’s office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at [email protected].